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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Convicted Felon Assists in Fundraiser for NM Appeals Court Candidate Dennis Montoya

According to a story by Jeremy Jojola on KOB.com, Curtis Slade is helping Appellate Court candidate Dennis W. Montoya raise money for his campaign. The report identifies Slade as a convicted felon who is facing additional felony charges, and states that a Facebook posting by Montoya originally listed Slade as a host of a fundraising party this weekend on land owned by Slade in the South Valley.

Slade was convicted several years ago for bribing a public official for a Bureau of Land Management Permit. Slade is also currently facing felony charges on the state level for writing worthless checks.

Just last month Slade’s picture also appeared in the Albuquerque’s Most Wanted Property Criminals section of a local paper because of a warrant on his current charges. Court records indicate Slade has taken care of the warrant and has posted bond.

When KOB talked to Montoya tonight, he claimed the Facebook invitation was inaccurate in that Curtis Slade isn't hosting the event, although it will still be held on Slade's property.

Montoya is not on a roll. Today, the District Court ruled that Secretary of State Mary Herrera was correct in denying Montoya's campaign public funding, according to a post by Montoya on Facebook. Yesterday, it was revealed that Montoya had been charged with multiple acts of professional misconduct by the Disciplinary Court of the Supreme Court of New Mexico.

Montoya is challenging current New Mexico Appeals Court Judge Linda Vanzi in the June 1 Democratic primary. There is no Republican in the race.

May 6, 2010 at 08:58 PM in 2008 General Election Voting, 2010 Judicial Races, Crime, Legal Issues | Permalink


Birds of a feather flock together. Why am I not surprised??

Posted by: Proud Democrat | May 7, 2010 11:57:19 AM

It would have been pertinent to mention that the charges in question were brought by his opponent, who seems to have a history of doing this to people she disagrees with. I do not know the particulars of any of her complaints, but it certainly looks that way to me.

I was invited to that fundraiser by the way, and it is correct that it was organized by someone other than Mr Slade, and the location changed later to his property. I don't believe the reasons for this were mentioned but I am not aware that you have to have some.

I am not sure why you want to make the statement sound somehow sneaky. It is the simple truth.

Posted by: Dana | May 8, 2010 6:32:04 PM

I'd like to see your documentation that his opponent has a history of doing this. I think the post linked below recaps the story quite accurately. The Disciplinary Board of the NM Supreme Court doesn't charge someone with many counts of unprofessional and fraudulent behavior based on nothing:


Posted by: The Facts | May 8, 2010 10:56:11 PM

@Dana: Nice projection! It's Dennis Montoya who acts vindictively, not Judge Vanzi. The judge had a duty to make a complaint to the D-Board. If you want to talk about a "history of doing this," you might want to consider that Montoya has been sanctioned by four different Federal judges. Moreover, the D-Board has other cases pending against Mr. Montoya. He has a long history of "multiple fabrications." Montoya should be disbarred. The charges against him are serious, and the evidence is overwhelming.

Posted by: Proud Democrat | May 9, 2010 3:20:37 PM